Updated 12/06/2012 06:24 PM
Lt. Governor Tim Murray visits Pittsfield and highlights STEM education
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray stops by Pittsfield High School to check out their STEM program. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more on what this visit could mean for one of the city's biggest educational projects.
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield High School students showed off some of their work to Lieutenant Governor Tim Thursday.
"I think it was great. I think it was awesome that he was able to see some of our vocational things," said Mark Eddy, a Pittsfield High School student.
STEM education was the focus of Murray's visit. He spoke about how courses in science, technology, engineering and math can help students when they look for jobs.
"All jobs will eventually end up pushing more uses of technology and especially the math and science, jobs will multiply tenfold," said Eddy.
Also on the agenda was an emphasis on vocational courses.
"You don't need necessarily to have a four, six year degree to get a good paying job if you can go in these fields. As the lieutenant governor pointed out, an Associate's degree in electronic engineering is a great pathway earning $75,000 a year," said State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier.
Murray's visit comes at a time when the city debates whether it should rebuild or renovate Taconic High School. The city faces the task of revamping the school's vocational program in order to move forward with the plan.
"Considering we're in the pipeline for two new schools in Pittsfield, I think it's important for the state to know that we have plan and that we're moving forward and that we need their support in order to get these new building built around our STEM programs," said Tracey Benson, principal of Pittsfield High.
The school board will meet next week to talk about the plan before reaching out to the state, but hope the Lt. Governor's sneak peak will help their cause.